1. Preparing to Reverse Picky Eating


Reversing picky eating is not an easy task, and in order to successfully tackle challenging behaviors, food refusals, and mealtime challenges the caregiver needs to be ready. This chapter reviews how to get ready to address your child’s picky eating, including what to have on hand, how to talk to your child about the plan, and how… Read More »

2. Introduction


Welcome to How to Reverse Picky Eating. This chapter provides an overview of our approach to managing picky eating. The foundation of reversing picky eating is the connection between the child and caregiver and this chapter provides a few concrete tips to incorporate into your routine today to begin to ease the tension at mealtimes. 

3. The Re-Set

The Re-set

A re-set is the very first step in reversing picky eating. Change is hard, and we all know that when we are feeling stressed or pushed to our limits, tolerating change is even harder. To get ourselves ready to make changes and help our child adapt to new things around mealtimes, we start with a re-set. This chapter will… Read More »

4. Mealtime Schedules

Mealtime schedules

Hunger drives eating, and many times, our picky eaters just aren’t hungry enough at the table to want to explore what is on their plate. This chapter discusses the importance of hunger and satiety cycling for picky eaters, and walks you through building and implementing a solid meal schedule during the day to help your child… Read More »

5. Getting Used to Change

Getting used to change

Find yourself offering the same foods over and over again to your child? Many picky eaters are uncomfortable with change at the table–they don’t like to see new foods, different brands of preferred foods on the table, or eat somewhere different. Kids thrive on consistency, but we all know that life is a little more complicated… Read More »

6. Moving Towards a Family Meal

Moving towards a family meal

The goal for most families is to serve one meal: the family meal. For caregivers of picky eaters, this probably feels unimaginable. We believe that moving towards the family meal can start gradually, with simple exposure. Learn how you can begin to introduce the concept of the family meal without your child having any pressure… Read More »

7. Moving Away from Safety Foods

Moving away from safety foods

Safety foods are an important crutch for picky eaters. Caregivers know they will be eaten, and the child knows exactly what to expect—they are familiar, consistent, and not scary. But, it’s easy for picky eaters to fill their belly with safety foods, leaving no hunger motivation to taste anything else. Part of our virtual course… Read More »

8. Learning to Taste

Tasting is a skill. Just like riding a bike, handwriting, or tying shoes, tasting is a skill that can be taught. For some kids, this skill comes easily. For others, it is riddled with anxiety. This chapter explores how to use a child’s inherent curiosity to help them learn how to explore and then taste new… Read More »

9. Reducing Safety Foods

At this point, your child is more calm at the table, more hungry to eat at mealtimes, and more capable of tolerating simple variety during meals. They are developing skills to taste new foods, and getting braver every day. You are also becoming more brave, and trusting that your child (and you!) can do hard things.… Read More »

10. Bringing Tasting to the Table

You and your child should be honing the skill for exploring and tasting new foods and now its time to take a big step: bring this exploration and tasting to the table. The table, once fraught with battles and anxiety, is becoming a safe place, and your child is ready for some gentle encouragement to interact with… Read More »

11. Further Reducing Safety Foods

As your child’s list of “sometimes” foods is expanding and their tasting muscle getting stronger, this chapter will provide the push you need to decrease the amount of safety food once again so your child can use these new skills. We know this can feel scary, and like a big leap, so go slowly, but… Read More »

12. The Family Meal

You’ve made it! Your child can come to the table more calmly, tolerate change and differences on their plate, taste foods without meltdowns, and respond to their hunger appropriately. If a family meal is your goal, it’s time to give it a try.